By Anna Von Reitz
It began circa 1700 when the Dutch East India Trading Company operated by the Kings of Belgium and the Netherlands decided to bilk their stock holding investors and customers and leave their insurers on the hook to pay for it.
At the time the Dutch East India Company owned and operated by far the largest fleet of merchant vessels in the world, utterly dwarfing the corresponding British Trading Companies in terms of tonnage and reach.
A deal was struck between the colluding Monarchs by which the Dutch East India "assets" were allowed to find safe harbor in New York, various ports in South America, the Philippines, India, and elsewhere under the protection of the British Navy.
And so the Dutch scoundrels came to our shores and names like Vanderbilt and Rockefeller and Roosevelt came along with them.
This also led to the circumstance eighty years later in which the victorious Colonists had a vast merchant fleet and no navy to spit on.
That left the Monarchs and the former Colonists in a mutual bind. The Europeans needed the raw materials from America, and the Americans needed the European markets to buy their commodities.
What to do?